POLICE: Man Accused of DUI Fakes Blowing Into Breathalyzer
A man pulled over for drunk driving pretends to take Breathalyzer test, lies about going to movie with non-existent Oak Lawn cop, police say.
A Blue Island man charged with driving under the influence of alcohol only pretended to blow into the Breathalyzer after he was spotted swerving and driving with no headlights on May 16, reports said.
Christopher M. Mashak, 28, of the 2800 block of Union C in Blue Island, was charged with DUI, using a vehicle in connection with illegal activities and other traffic offenses.
Oak Lawn police spotted a Chrysler leaving the Hilton Oak Lawn with no headlights around 2:12 a.m. The Chrysler, driven by Mashak, nearly hit another car when changing lanes and swerving into the other lane, reports said.
The officer stopped the car at 95th Street and Keeler Avenue. Police said that Mashak stopped several feet from the curb and shifted until reverse several times before parking his car.
Mushak told police he was coming from seeing the movie “The Avengers.” He allegedly admitted to having his last alcoholic beverage “before the movie six hours ago.”
Appearing "glassy eyed with a strong odor of alcohol," Mushak was asked to step out of his car. The officer made Mushak remove a penny from his mouth after he agreed to take a preliminary Breathalyzer test, according to reports.
Mushak pretended to blow into the Breathalyzer several times and twice blew too lightly to be successful” to complete the preliminary test, police said. According to the officer, Mushak said, “I’m not sure I can do that without my lawyer present.”
He was taken to the Oak Lawn police station where he lied to police about going to the movie with a non-existent Oak Lawn cop, police said.
Mushak pretended to blow lightly into the Breathalyzer for “two seconds and stopped,” reports said. He also allegedly told police he did not understand Miranda warning.
He’s due in court on July 9 at the Bridgeview Courthouse.